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Caring For a Patient With a Tracheostomy



This workshop is an ideal introduction to, or refresher on, the care of a person with a tracheostomy. We can adjust this face-to-face programme to suit the needs of the group and it can be complimented with a range of our online training courses.

General information:

  • Maximum no of course participants: 10.
  • Course duration: 1 day.

Learning outcomes include:


  • Understand the function of the upper and lower respiratory tract.
  • Understand normal breathing processes and the impact of respiratory disease.
  • Understand the rationale behind the insertion of a tracheostomy tube.
  • Knowledge of the different types of tracheostomy tubes and how these can be inserted.
  • Understand the principles behind and demonstrate safe techniques of caring for a patient with a tracheostomy tube.

Course content includes:

  • The structure and function of both the upper and lower respiratory tract.
  • The function of nose, mouth nasopharynx, oropharynx laryngopharynx, trachea bronchi and alveolar.
  • The physiological control of breathing, gaseous exchange, gas transport.
  • The main signs of respiratory disease, how to measure respiratory rate, how to auscultate a chest, pulse oximetry and cyanosis.
  • What a tracheostomy is and the two main types of insertion surgical and percutaneous.
  • Different types of tracheostomy and the major characteristics of each: cuffed, uncuffed and fenestrated.
  • Care of the patient with a tracheostomy: cuff pressures, stoma care, humidification, suctioning, changing tapes, speaking, eating and drinking, changing a tracheostomy tube, mouth care, inner tubes.
  • What to do if the tube blocks, becomes displaced or falls out.


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